Understanding Instagram’s Deep Dive into Teen Mental Health

Fitton, Daniel Bowen orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2300-5432, Read, Janet C orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643 and Thompson, Sheral (2022) Understanding Instagram’s Deep Dive into Teen Mental Health. In: 35th International BCS Human-Computer Interaction Conference (HCI2022), 11-13 July 2022, Keele, Staffordshire.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2022.26


This paper considers the ‘Teen Mental Health Deep Dive’ slide set created by staff at Instagram in 2019 to present results from internal research and later released publicly along with annotations. The slide set was initially highlighted by the Wall Street Journal in an article focusing on claims within the slide set that use of Instagram was a having a negative impact on teen mental health, especially that social comparison, afforded by features central to the Instagram app, was negatively affecting the mental health of young people. Our goal within this paper was to summarise the content of the slide set from an academic perspective and consider whether the content of the slides provide any insights which are valuable to the HCI community. While the results and conclusions presented within the slides have clear limitations, they did help us identify a set of issues and areas for further investigation.

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